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PES activists, who were instrumental during the campaign of Socialist Spitzenkandidat Martin Schulz, have launched a petition for the election of Enrique Barón Crespo to replace Sergei Stanishev as President of the centre-left European political family.

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National consensus – these words are missing from Bulgaria’s political vocabulary.  In the midst of bitter political contentions, Bulgaria’s political scene is once again marred by open confrontations, and the bad-blood of back stabbing.  Today, Saturday 11th of May, is the day before the early Bulgarian elections.  In theory, this day should allow quiet time… » read more

‘We will put an end to the populism of the Left’ – with this firm promise Tsvetan Tsvetanov, former Bulgarian Minister of the Interior, and current deputy-president of the Citizens of European Development for Bulgaria party (abbreviated in Bulgarian as GERB), addressed the Brussels politicians [1]. On the 10th of April, Hans Seidel Stiftung (HSS)… » read more

Bulgaria’s constitution includes a wide range of social rights. However, the ‘democratic, law-governed and social state’ has been characterized as ‘chronically incapable of coping with its social problems or improving its level of economic prosperity’.  Moreover, the Bulgarian ‘minimal state’ often cannot provide its citizens even with basic necessities, such as food, electricity, central heating,… » read more

Robert M. Cutler amerikai politológus-tanácsadó szerint a közép-európai országoknak muszáj együttműködniük az orosz befolyás csökkentéséért. Az oroszok a gázt politikai fegyverként használják, és a nagy nemzetközi vezetékekért folyó küzdelem akár fegyveres konfliktusok kitörésében is szerepet játszik. Az azeri gázmezők válthatják meg térségünket a moszkvai nyomástól.

Energy conferences in the Caspian Sea region have come so fast and furious in recent years that some industry and government figures consider them a dime a dozen. In fact, the organizers are sometimes the ones who draw most advantage from them, in view of steep fees for participation. Nevertheless, the current International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition looks to be an exception. It is the seventeenth in the series hosted in Baku.

Two-speed Europe on biofuels

Biofuels targets–that’s what everybody talks about. But in Bulgaria, debate focus on regulation and sanctions. We are in a two speed Europe! In July, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee backed a proposal for a target of just 4% by 2015, “out of which at least 20% is met by the use of electricity or hydrogen… » read more

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